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Listeria kills hospital OAP

An elderly patient has died in an outbreak of listeria in two Northern Ireland hospitals.

The pensioner was one of two patients in the Antrim Area Hospital who contracted the food-borne bacteria. Another acquired the bug in the Causeway Hospital on the region's north coast.

The patient who died was already ill but listeria has been confirmed as a contributory cause of death.

Both hospitals are managed by the Northern Trust, which has declared an outbreak.

Listeria is usually associated with refrigerated foods. Chilled meats, soft cheeses, cold cuts of meat, pates and smoked fish are all potential sources.

Deportation for bin Laden wives

Pakistan is to deport Osama bin Laden's three widows and their children to Saudi Arabia, the family's lawyer said.

Mohammed Amir Khalil said the family would be deported on April 18, a day after they finish their 45-day prison sentence for illegally entering the country.

Two of the killed al-Qa'ida leader's widows are from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen. It is unclear why the authorities are not sending the Yemeni woman home.

Fans' fight for great Coltrane

MUSIC lovers are trying to save the former home of jazz great John Coltrane.

Coltrane was a saxophonist best known for A Love Supreme. He lived in a rowhouse in Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia, from 1952 to 1958. He died in 1967.

Supporters want to raise $50,000 (¤38,000) to repair the house and turn it into a museum in Coltrane's memory.

Al-Qa'ida men die in Yemen

Yemeni troops and armed civilians have killed 28 al-Qa'ida-linked militants in battles in the southern part of the country.

The defence ministry said that hours of fierce battles drove militants from the town of Zara.

Officials claimed that nearly 200 militants had been killed in ongoing fighting this week including today's violence.

The Yemeni army has often been outmanoeuvred by the militants, forcing local residents to take up arms to defend themselves.